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The Stone Carvers

by Jane Urquhart, narrator Nicky Guadagni

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list price: $29.95
also available: Paperback Paperback
category: Fiction
published: Aug 2003
ISBN:9780864923660
imprint: BTC Audiobooks
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When the world was still reeling from the staggering losses incurred in the First World War, an unknown sculptor was raising a colossal monument in France, where so many of his countrymen had fought and died. Unveiled in 1936, the Memorial at Vimy Ridge still stands as a stark reminder of the thousands of Canadians who gave their lives in France and as a testament to the vision and single-minded obsession of its architect, Walter Allward. Sweeping across three countries and two centuries, The Stone Carvers brings together two long-estranged siblings and a visionary nineteenth-century German priest with the story of the obsessive Walter Allward. At the centre of a large cast of characters is Klara Becker, the granddaughter of a master carver, a seamstress haunted by a love affair cut short by the First World War and by the frequent disappearances of her brother Tilman, afflicted since childhood with wanderlust. Moving from a German-settled village in Ontario to Europe after the Great War, The Stone Carvers follows the paths of immigrants, labourers, and dreamers and of two individuals whose lives are marked by obsession and transformed by art. Grasping her characters as few authors do, Jane Urquhart carves a radiant and enduring tale at once vivid, dark and redemptive.

About the Authors

Jane Urquhart

JANE URQUHART was born in the far north of Ontario. She is the author of eight internationally acclaimed novels, among them The Underpainter, winner of the Governor General’s Award and a finalist for the Orange Prize; Away, winner of the Trillium Book Award; and The Stone Carvers, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award and the Man Booker Prize. Her work, which is published in many countries, has been translated into numerous languages. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is a chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her most recent novel, The Night Stages, was published in 2015. Urquhart lives in southeastern Ontario with her husband, artist Tony Urquhart.

SCOTT MCKOWEN is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. He works in scratchboard, an engraving medium in which white lines are carved into a black surface with a sharp blade. McKowen has illustrated a number of titles for a wide range of publishers. Based in Stratford, Ontario, he operates the design studio Punch & Judy Inc., which creates theatre posters and graphics for leading performance art companies across North America.

 

 

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Nicky Guadagni's sensitive and almost breath-taking reading of The Stone Carvers brings the novel and its characters to life in all their complexity. A stage, radio, television and film actor for 25 years, Nicky Guadagni has performed on stage in Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, Mother Courage and Pygmalion, and in films such as Crash, House, and Cube. She has been nominated for several Gemini Awards and, in 1998, won the Gemini Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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"[A] touching novel of war and art." — Audio Editions

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